North America's premiere hockey academy
The Pursuit of Excellence Program is committed to developing a 360 degree player. Our success is seen through the quality and number of players that have moved on to the NHL, WHL, Junior and College levels.
A 27,000 sq ft training facility, divided into four areas, specifically designed to provide players with all the equipment they need to develop, practice and hone their skills.
Our results speak for themselves. With alumni in the NHL, WHL, College and Junior levels, we prides ourselves on preparing players physically, mentally and emotionally to excel at the next level
We have a proven record of success at developing players and moving them on to the next level. See what our players have accomplished and where they are playing now!
Latest NewsVIEW ARCHIVE
Pursuit to be well represented at 2nd annual NAPHL 16U All-Star Game The Read More
WHL Giants land brother of last year’s captain in trade with Tri-City By: Steve Read More
Edmonton’s Tyler Benson a good high NHL draft bet for 2016
16-year-old forward on point-g-game pace with WHL’s Vancouver Giants
Jim Matheson – Edmonton Journal
EDMONTON — With apologies to gifted fellow centre Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid will probably be the first name called at the NHL Entry Draft in Florida in late June — two generational type talents of the Sidney Crosby-Evgeni Malkin variety — but what about the summer of 2016, when the draft is in Buffalo?
Could it be winger Tyler Benson?
He might not go No. 1, but certainly the Edmonton product is Top 5 material. Benson, who scored 146 points in 33 games for Southside Athletic Club as a bantam two years ago then landed in Kelowna, B.C., to play for the Pursuit of Excellence Academy, where Justin Schultz and Curtis Lazar once toiled in midget-level hockey, is still a first liner with the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants at 16.
Benson will be in the mix in the 2016 draft with Scottsdale, Ariz.-born right-winger Auston Matthews, defenceman Jacob Chychrun, Lloydminster blueliner Kyle Clague of the Brandon Wheat Kings and Seth Jones’s brother Max, who is playing midget in Detroit right now.
Matthews, playing for the U.S. National Development Team out of Ann Arbor, Mich., may have the inside track at going first overall for now. Scouts will undoubtedly find warts in Benson’s game just as they did with star NHL defenceman Jay Bouwmeester when he was in the WHL and starring at 16, but Benson is a handful at 196 pounds already. Currently nursing what could be a shoulder injury, Benson’s been a point-a-game player.
“He reminds so much of Jamie Benn at the same age,” said Craig Button, the TSN commentator, former NHL GM in Calgary and scouting guru.
From the Blog
- 3 POE Players Named To NAPHL 16U All-Star Game
Pursuit to be well represented at 2nd annual NAPHL 16U All-Star Game The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is pleased to announce the rosters for the second - Read More
- Thrower: The Sequal
WHL Giants land brother of last year’s captain in trade with Tri-City By: Steve Ewen – The Province Dalton Thrower (47) celebrates with Dalton Sward, Cain Franson and - Read More
- Vernon’s Curtis Lazar Plays His Childhood Team As Sens Take On Canucks
‘It’s a game against the Canucks, but it’s more than just a game. I consider it a celebration almost’ Vernon’s Curtis Lazar was the 17th overall pick in the - Read More
"In the 2005/06 year as a 15 year old, I attended the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy. While attending the Pursuit Academy, I became a stronger person, a better skater, stronger in academics, and learned life skills. During that year I also played on the BC Outback (a Senior AAA Women's team). Throughout that year... Read more
Pursuit of Excellence is a hockey academy based in Kelowna, B.C., Canada. Ran by head coach, David Roy, Pursuit of Excellence is a hockey school that is focused on developing excellent hockey players.